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Govt. of Maharashtra Trusts ESDS to Digitalize the Registration and Land Record Processes via its Highly Secure eNlight WebVPN

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About Revenue Dept. – Govt. of Maharashtra & its Digital India Land Record Modernization Programme

It is Maharashtra Government’s Revenue Department, which handles LR (Land Records) and IGR (Inspector General of Registration). The Land Reforms (LR) Division was implementing two Centrally Sponsored Schemes viz.: Computerization of Land Records (CLR) & Strengthening of Revenue Administration and Updating of Land Records (SRA&ULR). Later on 21.8.2008, the Cabinet approved the merger of these schemes into a modified Scheme named Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP). The main focus of DILRMP are to usher in a system of updated land records, automated and automatic mutation, integration between textual and spatial records, inter-connectivity between revenue and registration, to replace the present deeds registration and presumptive title system with that of conclusive titling with title guarantee.

Challenges & Needs

The Revenue Department of Maharashtra was facing many problems due to the old-age methodology of carrying out the work. When using VPNs for the LR and IGR projects, they had to repeatedly install a client software in their computer and then work on it. This was tedious and time-consuming. Revenue dept. wanted secure remote access for applications to all the officials across Maharashtra. They were working in 36 districts, 358 sub-districts, and 43,722 village-level offices, which needed to connect to access the required web portals for land record related services. The need was to have connectivity irrespective of the device and location. The officials didn’t want to use client-based VPN technology for over 15,000 users, which would keep growing over time. Revenue dept. officials were facing several performance issues like server speed and accessibility over the old client-based VPN.

Solution Provided by ESDS

ESDS provided the Revenue dept. a remote access solution – ESDS eNlight WebVPN, which is a clientless SSL VPN and a software-defined solution that provides multi-layered security for the government applications and data hosted on ESDS' GCC (Government Community Cloud). The WebVPN operates on standard web browsers. It enabled Revenue dept. officials to securely access the portal, its applications, and connect with other officials; thus, eliminating the need for complex client-based IPsec and SSL VPNs.

ESDS eNlight WebVPN is the first client-less SSL VPN solution with built-in WAF (Web Application Firewall) for multi-layer security, incoming TCP load-balancer (self-LB), and proxy balancer (backend server LB) that provides high performance using powerful multi-layered load-balancing with cross-platform support to LR applications.

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